Prepositions of Time

What are Prepositions of Time?

Prepositions of time are those words which are used to show the specific time in sentences. That is, we use these to show day of a week, date or the time at which something actually happens. We can also use these words as prepositions of  place but we can easily distinguish those according to the use in sentence. Here, we have some examples of use of prepositions of time in sentences to show time.

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We use preposition ‘in’ with after certain time period, year, seasons, months, day time as,

  • You will get it in an hour.
  • He joined multinational company in 2010.
  • Students purchase rain coat in rainy season.
  • He has submitted his project in September.
  • I go for a walk in the evening.


We use preposition ‘on’ with days of a week as,

  • Our school is reopening on Monday.
  • I shall reach there on Saturday.


We use preposition ‘at’ to show time of certain point, for weekend and for night as,

  • The ceremony is going to star at ten o’clock.
  • He prepared his mind to work at the weekend.
  • They were discussing about college admission at night.


We have seen that we use preposition ‘at’ to show a certain point of time but we use ‘by’ to show- up to a certain time as,

  • She will meet me by 4 o’clock.
  • I had reached there by 5 o’clock.

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We use ‘to’ to tell the time less than complete hour as,

  • It’s five to ten.
  • Five minutes to ten.
  • It’s quarter to six.


Like to we use ‘past’ to tell the time but there is difference between using to and past. We use past to tell time more than complete hour as,

  • It’s five past ten.
  • Our guest stayed past midnight.
  • It’s half past ten


We use ‘for’ to tell about certain period of time which is over but till now as,

  • She has been teaching for six years.
  • I have been writing articles for ten months.


We use ‘since’ to tell time from a certain past time period till now as,

  • She is working in that office since 2010.
  • I have lived in Bangkok since 1990.


We use ‘before’ to tell about the time which is earlier than a certain point of time as,

  • She married before 2008.
  • I painted that wall before one month.


We use ‘ago’ to tell time in the past as,

  • She joined four years ago.
  • Long ago, there was a king having golden hair.


We use until to tell the time up to, specific time, but not after as,

  • She will study until ten o’clock.
  • They will work until Diwali festival.


We use ‘during’ to tell about the event at the same time as another event as,

  • He slept during the morning session.
  • Worker was watching the movie during working hours.


We use ‘between’ to tell about after a time and before another time as,

  • She will meet between 3 and 5.
  • He has recess period of ten minutes between two sessions.

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